WillPower! is our Education Outreach Program that works in collaboration with public and private schools throughout central North Carolina, to place a trained professional theatre artist in school for residencies from one day to 6 weeks in duration. WillPower! was developed to educate high school students about the creative works of William Shakespeare, along with voice, movement and playwriting. Led by Burning Coal’s Director of Education.


Taught by Burning Coal's Education Director

Now in its 15th year, Willpower! is Burning Coal’s Education Outreach program for public and private schools throughout central North Carolina.  Willpower! was developed to educate elementary, middle, and high school students about the works of William Shakespeare.  Led by a trained, highly experienced theatre practitioner, Willpower! places professional theatre artists in schools for residencies, workshops, and performances.  In addition to Shakespeare, Willpower! teaches students about the art of voice, movement, and playwriting.

Introducing students to Shakespeare early debunks many preconceived myths that Shakespeare is boring, old, and hard to understand. The interactive and fun nature of Willpower! makes Shakespeare’s works enjoyable and relevant to students of all ages, helping to clear roadblocks in their future education by inspiring enthusiasm for Shakespeare.

Tailored for Elementary, Middle or High School students: Burning Coal offers Willpower! residencies and workshops for all school ages. Workshop topics include: voice, movement, musical theatre, and playwriting.

For Elementary School students: Burning Coal offers the Shakescenes program, a division of Willpower! focused on in-class residencies and/or live performances of Shakespeare’s works for third through fifth graders.

If you would like to bring Burning Coal’s WillPower! program to your school, contact us at 919.834.4001 or by email at coalartisticdir@ncrrbiz.com.


Past Productions & Events

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